Consumer Reports says there are a growing number of cars that can bring you relief at the pump. The Prius is the clear gas-saving leader, delivering 44 miles per gallon in tests. It costs anywhere from about $22,000 to $30,000.
The Hyundai Elantra isn't a hybrid, but Consumer Reports tests show that the compact car gets an impressive 29 mpg. And at about $18,000, it's a bargain compared with most vehicles. If you want a larger car—say, a family sedan—there are still some good gas-saving options. Starting at $20,000, the Nissan Altima gets 26 mpg and is roomy enough to fit five comfortably.
But what if you need an even bigger vehicle? The Toyota Highlander Hybrid tops SUVs, getting 27 mpg. But its sticker price is steep at almost $50,000.
Another great choice is a Subaru Outback. It's more of station wagon than an SUV, but it gets 24 mpg and has all-wheel drive and a really roomy back seat. And at about $24,000, the Outback is much more reasonably priced than the Highlander.
If you have your heart set on an SUV, Consumer Reports says the Ford Escape Hybrid, which starts at $22,000, is another good option, delivering 26 mpg.
Whatever car you drive, Consumer Reports says you can improve your fuel economy.